BOOK NOTES: More book news, Nov. 24, 2012

By Mary Louise Ruehr, Record-Courier Books Editor Published:

'Sparkle Box' author coming to Hudson

Jill Hardie will be at the Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson) at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 with her children's book, "The Sparkle Box." Author Jill Hardie, her husband, and their two children began the tradition of placing a Sparkle Box for Jesus under their Christmas tree about six years ago. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they experienced profound peace and happiness. It's Jill's hope that The Sparkle Box book will ignite a new Christmas tradition that helps center Christmas in the true joy of the season. For more information: Learned Owl Book Shop at 330-653-2252.

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Book Sales

• The Books Are Fun Book Fair will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Atrium of the Robinson Medical Arts Building, 6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna. The sale is open to the public.

• The Friends of Reed Memorial Library will host a children’s book sale Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the library, 167 East Main St., Ravenna. Sale times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. For more information, call 330-296-2827.

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Comedian/author will visit KSU Bookstore

Comedian Mike Polk Jr., author of “Damn Right I’m from Cleveland,” will visit the Kent State University Bookstore in the Kent Student Center from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday to greet fans and autograph copies of his book. The event is free and open to the public.

Polk’s book is a rustbelt satire lampooning Cleveland’s quirks, including the city’s boundless obsession with disappointing sports teams, its nonstop quest to reinvent its civic image, and a grab-bag collection of odd local celebrities.

Mike Polk Jr. is a Cleveland-based writer and comedian. He graduated from KSU in 2002 with a degree in communications and wrote for the Daily Kent Stater.

For more information about the event, call 330-672-1588. For more information about Polk’s book, visit www.MikePolkJr.com.

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Book Clubs

• Book Club in a Bar: 7 p.m. Nov. 29, Thorncreek Winery, 155 Treat Road, Aurora — “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde. Drop-ins welcome; casual group, no rules. For more information: Learned Owl Book Shop, 330-653-2252.

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From Shelf Awareness:

Selected new titles coming out Nov. 20:

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer

Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

Christmas at Eagle Pond by Donald Hall, illustrated by Mary Azarian

The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland by Shlomo Sand and Geremy Forman

Selected new titles coming out Nov. 26 and 27:

The Black Box by Michael Connelly

The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr

Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton

Margaret Truman's Experiment in Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel by Margaret Truman and Donald Bain

Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History by George Howe Colt

The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days by JJ Virgin

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Best-Sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

2. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

3. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

4. "Poseidon's Arrow" by Clive Cussler (Putnam)

5. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)

6. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)

7. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

8. "Sweet Tooth: A Novel" by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese)

9. "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central Publishing)

10. "The Sins of the Mother" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)

11. "Cross Roads" by Wm. Paul Young (Faith/Words)

12. "Winter of the World" by Ken Follett (Dutton)

13. "The Bone Bed" by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam)

14. "A Winter Dream" by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster)

15. "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt and Co.)

2. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

3. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

4. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guinness World Records (Guinness World Records)"No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (Dutton)

5. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (Dutton)

6. "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed" by Ray Kurzwell (Viking)

7. "My Year in Meals" by Rachel Ray (Atria)

8. "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (Faith/Words)

9. "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak" by Joel Osteen (Faith/Words)

10. "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver (Penguin)

11. "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman (Knopf)

12. "The Last Lion" by William Manchester (Little, Brown)

13. "The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage" by Greg Gutfeld (Crown Forum)

14. "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" by Geoff Tibballs (Ripley Publishing)

15. "America Again" by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central Publishing)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. "Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel" by Lee Child (Dell)

2. "Hotel Vendome" by Danielle Steel (Dell)

3. "V Is for Vengeance" by Sue Grafton (Berkley)

4. "Devil's Gate" by Clive Cussler (Berkley)

5. "Down the Darkest Road" by Tami Hoag (Signet)

6. "1225 Christmas Tree Lane" by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin Mira)

7. "The Drop" by Michael Connelly (Grand Central Publishing)

8. "My Kind of Christmas" by Robyn Carr (Harlequin Mira)

9. "A Winter Wonderland" by Fern Michaels (Zebra Books)

10. "A Lawman's Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin HQN)

11. "Robert Ludlum's The Janson Command" by Paul Garrison (Vision)

12. "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts (Silhouette Books)

13. "The Litigators" by John Grisham (Dell)

14. "The Prince of Ravenscar" by Catherine Coulter (Jove)

15. "Micro: A Novel" by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston (Harper)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. "The Perfect Hope" by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

2. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

3. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

4. "Reflected in You" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

5. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

6. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

7. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (Mariner Books)

8. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

9. "Lone Wolf" by Jodi Picoult (Atria)

10. "The Innocent" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

11. "Bared to You" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

12. "Custom Nation: Why Customization Is the Future of Business and How to Profit From It" by Anthony Flynn and Emily Flynn Vencat (BenBella Books)

13. "To Heaven and Back" by Mary C. Neal (WaterBrook Press)

14. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky (MTV Books)

15. "The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's Future" by Jonathan Cahn (Frontline)

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

Associated Press

FICTION

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

3. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

4. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

5. "Reached" by Ally Condie (Dutton Children's)

6. "Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

7. "Poseidon's Arrow" by Clive Cussler, Dick Cussler (Putnam)

8. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)

9. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)

10. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

NONFICTION

1. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

2. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter

3. "The Elf on the Shelf" by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda A. Bell (CCA&B)

4. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

5. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guiness Book Records (Guiness Book Records)

6. "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young (Integrity Publishers)

7. "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

8. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer (Dutton Books)

9. "LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia" by DK Publishing (DK Publishing)

10. "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed" by Ray Kurzwell (Viking)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

2. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

3. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

4. "The Perfect Hope" by Nora Roberts (Penguin Group)

5. "All In" by Raine Miller (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

6. "Reached" by Ally Condie (Dutton Children's)

7. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

8. "The Secret of Ella and Micha" by Jessica Sorenson (Jessica Sorenson)

9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

10. "Naked" by Raine Miller (Raine Miller Romance)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Damaged" by Cathy Glass (HarperCollins)

2. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

3. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

4. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

5. "The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage" by Greg Gutfeld (Crown Forum)

6. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

7. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

8. "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness" by Susannah Cahalan (Free Press)

9. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer (Penguin Group)

10. "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't" by Nate Silver (Penguin Group)

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

Associated Press

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

3. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

4. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

5. "The Perfect Hope" by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

6. "Reached" by Ally Condie (Dutton Children's)

7. "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

8. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

9. "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition" by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda B. Bell (CCA and B)

10. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

11. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

12. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

13. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

14. "Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

15. "Reflected in You" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

16. "All In" by Raine Miller (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services)

17. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

18. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

19. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

20. "Poseidon's Arrow" by Clive Cussler, Dick Cussler (Putnam)

21. "Sweet Tooth: A Novel" by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese)

22. "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

23. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

24. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

25. "Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel" by Lee Child (Dell)

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

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Book gift guide: 20 picks for the season

By Hillel Italie

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Louise Erdrich is more than this year's winner of the National Book Award for fiction. She's a bookstore owner and has some ideas for what customers might pick up as holiday gifts.

The four other finalists: "This Is How You Lose Her," by Junot Diaz; "A Hologram for the King," by Dave Eggers; "The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers; and "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," by Ben Fountain.

"This was a tough crowd!" Erdrich, who runs Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, wrote in a recent email about her competition.

Erdrich didn't mention her own novel, "The Round House," but another author-bookseller took care of that. Ann Patchett, the writer who founded Parnassus Books in Nashville, says she has been recommending Erdrich's story of a boy seeking his mother's rapist well before the award was announced in mid-November.

"I read the book really early on, and I've thought about it every single day since," Patchett said. "It's dark, funny, complex and very, very moving."

Patchett had several other suggestions, from Jon Meacham's biography "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," a pick she thinks ideal for men; to Maile Maloy's "The Apothecary" for middle schoolers. She also loved J.K. Rowling's first grownup novel, "The Casual Vacancy," a feeling she made clear in October when she interviewed the "Harry Potter" author on stage at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

Erdrich also cited the illustrated edition of Edmund de Waal's "The Hare With Amber Eyes," writing that "it feels lustrous in hand, orderly, pleasing. This is what a book should be."

Gayle Shanks, owner of the Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe, Ariz., likes the novel "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter; Deb Perlman's "Smitten Kitchen" cookbook; and Marcus Samuelsson's memoir "Yes, Chef."

Barnes & Noble is suggesting works of humor ("The Onion Book of Known Knowledge"), music (An illustrated Rolling Stones biography to mark the band's 50th anniversary) and history ("Reporting the Revolutionary War").

Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan likes Alice Munro's story collection "Dear Life"; Alan Ryan's two-volume history "On Politics" and Louise Glueck's "Poems 1962-2012." Kate Milford, a children's author and McNally Jackson employee, suggests the picture book "Cecil, the Pet Glacier," by Matthea Harvey; the middle school novel "Twelve Kinds of Ice," by Ellen Bryan Obed and illustrator Barbara McClintock.

"This is going to be one of those things adults buy for a kid and end up keeping themselves or giving to other adults, too," Milford says of the Obed book. "It's beautifully illustrated, beautifully written, and just feels like a classic gift book."

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